When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

You are an

Explorer!

You prioritize constant learning and an exchange of knowledge with colleagues in your own discipline and beyond.

You value the freedom to create new opportunities for research exploration, to follow your questions wherever they may lead, and to direct your research agenda in accordance with your interests–regardless of which investigatory pathways are well funded or popular.

Researchers like you are pursuing research that excites and pushes the frontiers of science, while at the same time pursuing their intellectual curiosity.

What does it mean to value intellectual curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge?

1. You believe in following your path, wherever it leads you.
That pursuing the research that intrigues and motivates you will lead you to new and interesting places, to greater insights, and even to whole new fields of inquiry. That your career is defined by the paths you follow, rather than the paths you follow being dictated by your career.

2. You believe that all knowledge has value, and the potential for impact.
That seemingly small advances can have surprising implications. That discovering what doesn’t work brings you closer to understanding what does. That science is iterative, and that unlocking one insight can provide a key to dozens of other discoveries. That the importance of the question defines the importance of the result.

3. You’re ready to look beyond the boundaries of your own experiences and disciplinary norms.
To learn from others, to collaborate across distance and discipline, to innovate and experiment in new ways, using the latest tools and technologies.To learn from the diversity of researchers and the diversity of questions. To deliberately look at problems from different perspectives, to get the sharpest view.

You don’t have to choose between research impact and your values

Receive tips as an Explorer in Open Science

“We see Open Science adoption as essential to increasing accessibility, trust and collaboration around research”

PLOS’ Open Research Manager, Marcel LaFlamme explains why being curious is key to building research solutions. 

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We put you and your research first.

Which other values and features are important to you?

Your checklist for creating new research opportunities.

Simple actions you can take for research exploration and collaborative research. 

We don’t expect you to compromise.

Your research values and publishing decisions can work together to create the impact you desire

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